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October 5, 2013Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien addressed the media following his Nittany Lions' 44-24 loss to Indiana on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington.
Watch, right here.
* Partial transcript provided courtesy Indiana Sports Information
On when PSU felt the game slipping away: "When it got to 35-17, I felt like we were in trouble there, but we kept playing. It starts with me. I have to do a much better job of coaching; putting these guys in better positions to make plays on both sides of the ball and on special teams. We have a bunch of resilient kids in that room. We didn't play well, didn't coach well, and we have a long way to go. But we'll get back to work on Monday."
On offensive running attack: "I think we have to scheme up some better runs. We need to be more diverse in the running game and it starts with coaching. It starts with me. I have to do a better job there. Have to figure it out and look at the tape tonight, tomorrow and figure out what we can do better as a coaching staff and put these guys in better positions to run the ball, to pass the ball, to run routes, to make plays on defense, and do all those things. It starts with me."
On what went wrong with field goal kicking: "One was a bad snap and one was a low kick. One they called timeout then we called timeout and probably Sam [Ficken] got a little bit out of his rhythm. Again, we can coach it better, figure it out better for the kids and put them in better position to be able to make those kicks."
Thought process on going for it on 4th-and-2 on their own 33-yard line: "I felt like we needed a touchdown. We had to try to make something happen. I was trying to manufacture a little bit of momentum there and it didn't work out. But again, we need to go back and figure it out and try to coach these guys better. Like I said from day one, it starts with me. I'm the head football coach. I know I can do a better job. We'll try to do that starting tomorrow."
"Us against the world mentality" gone from last year?: "I don't think it's gone. I think when you look at this football team, we have 61 kids on scholarship and 40 walk-ons, can't go to a bowl, can't play for championships. Not an excuse, but we have a lot of resilient kids here. They show up to practice every day, they practice hard. I think that reserve is still there. We lost to a team that played very well today. We didn't coach well. Our kids, because of that, didn't play very well. I think there's a lot of resilient kids on this team. There's still a hard-working attitude here at Penn State. I don't think in any stretch of anybody's imagination that this is a normal Penn State team. Sixty-one kids on scholarship and 40 walk-ons. But you know what? These kids are practicing hard. We have to coach them better. We have to put them in better positions. We have good players. And that's what we're going to try to do starting tomorrow."
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